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song and dance

noun

Simple Definition of song and dance

  • : a performance that combines singing and dancing

  • : a long story, explanation, or excuse that may not be true or directly related to what is being discussed

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of song and dance

  1. 1 :  a theatrical performance (as a vaudeville performance) combining singing and dancing

  2. 2 :  a long and often familiar statement or explanation that is usually not true or pertinent

Examples of song and dance in a sentence

  1. <instead of simply denying our request, the mayor's representative gave us a song and dance about legal issues and municipal liability>



1870

First Known Use of song and dance

1870


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